Saturday, 6 June 2020

Action In Plymfleot ....

The Saxon ship under the command of Alfric of Wismer entered the mouth of the estuary, in the distance moving out of a side channel they could see a viking ship ....
 Ragnussen ordered the sail raised as they made the wider waters of the estuary, with a good sailing wind he could get out to sea quickly .....
 The Saxon ship headed towards the Viking longship
 Having spotted the saxon ship, the he viking ship edged toward the nearby shoreline., trying to manouver round them..
The Saxons moved in and tried to close and grapple .... archers on both ships let loose their bows .. a couple of men fell....
 The Saxon ship managed to grapple and hold the viking ship, pulling them close....
 Both side fought hard to prevent the other from boarding ...
 As they fought the ships edged closer to the shore ....
 The Vikings got the upper hand and some crossed over onto the fore deck of the Saxon ship ...
 More vikings boarded and they were soon pushing the Saxon's back ....
 The Saxons fought hard, they held the vikings at bay; at the critical moment their commander Alfric Wismar fell wounded and stumbled out of the fray collapsing on the aft deck ....
 The vikings pushed the saxons further back....
 they had soon cleared the fore deck of the Saxon ship of opposition ...
 As they pushed the saxons back a bit further, some of the vikings jumped back aboard their ship...
 The rest of the vikings followed, loosing a couple of men into the water; the grapple lines were cut ....
 The Saxons tried once more to grapple......
 But with no success, the viking ship was moving away ....
 Soon the viking ship was on its way down the estuary, the Saxon ship was facing the wrong way it could not turn quick enough ....
The viking ship headed out to sea, Ragnussen and his men were away .....

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Out at Sea .....

Alerted to the viking raid, Thegn Rodor had ordered his small fleet of ships out to skirt the coast in the hope they could intercept them. 

---oXo---

In the bow of one the Saxon ships the commander Alfric of Wismer, looks into the distance at the entrance to a wide estuary....
 as it is in the area where the vikings were last seen on land they move in-shore to investigate....

Under Way....

Ragnussen and his men made it back to the longship without further incident,  the booty on the pack horse and cart had to be unloaded and transferred to the ship...
 As they booty was put on board, the tents in the camp on the shore were taken down and stowed on board. As soon as they could they were underway ...
moving down the river towards the wider waters of the estuary .....

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Ragnussen heads towards his longship ....

Snorri Ragnussen and his men were on their way back to their longship, they skirted the woods, they spotted some riders in the distance and took cover in a coppice
They watched the riders, they had halted to gain their bearings ...
With great relief they watched the mounted men ride off away from them. After a short while, they moved on - another hour or so and they would reach the ship; they proceeded cautiously.....

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Battle in Burnacumb.....

Sven Forkbeard and his warband had tracked the vikings they had encountered at Solvenden, they found one dead from his wounds but no sight of the other two.  They hurried on down into the valley of Burnacumb, where locals said they had seen a couple of camp fires the night before ...

---oXo---

The vikings were getting ready to strike camp....a few men remained in their tents and some were still out foraging....
A viking keeping lookout could see a group of warriors approachng
Sven could see the camp in the distance, he ordered his mean to make haste.....
 Hearing of the approaching warriors, the viking leader Snorri Ragnussen barked orders, the horn was blown to call in the foraging parties ...
 a defensive line was formed a short distance from the camp, men roused from resting in the tents and ones who had been foraging ran up to join their comrades...
 Sven Forkbeard halted his advance and drew up his men, the fyrd behind split up to move to the flanks ....
 Both sides prepared for battle ....
 Sven Forkbeard, straightened out the shield wall as the vikings advanced ...
 The Vikings wasted no time, as soon as they were close enough they charged .....
 The shield wall held, men started to go down on both sides...
 both sides pressed forward hard, trying to break through the opposition's ranks ,,,,
 As the viking centre started to gain an advantage, their flanks suffered heavily....
 the saxon fyrd started envelope the viking flanks, while Sven's and his retinue only just held on in the centre...
 With the viking centre pushed back, Snorri Ragnussen and the remainder of the vikings were almost surrounded ....
 They just managed to disengage and withdraw.....
  the saxons who were exhausted from marching and the fight, could not catch them up ....

---oXo---

Still the vikings has lost more than halve their number.  Snorri Ragnussen and his men headed for their longship.   Sven Forkbeard and his men rested, preparing to return home; it was possible the rest of the vikings would be caught by Thegn Rodor's mounted patrols by the coast.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Sven Forkbeard ... a little trouble with some vikings ....

A viking raiding party has been seen in the area,  Sven Forkbeard has collected the local fyrd and some of his retainers and gone to investigate. Sven with two of his men have gone a bit ahead of the main body to stop and at the small settlement of Solvenden to ask if they have seen anything...

---oXo---

 Just as the locals say they haven't seen anything unusual, three vikings approach ... Sven and his men prepare for action....
 The lead viking attacks Sven...
 He doesn't fair well and goes down wounded...
 While Sven tries to finish off his opponent the others get into the fray ....
 Sven's opponent gets wounded again and is struggling to defend himself and get up ...one of the other vikings is wounded and falls back, The viking with the long handled axe has the upper hand ....
 The combats continue ....
 Svens badly wounded opponent gets up and manages to move away, Sven lets him go and moves to assist his man fighting the viking axe man
 The viking axe man is wounded and falls back ....
 The vikings disengage, Sven and his men hold their ground ....
 Sven moves forward a few paces watching where the vikings were going, the rest of his retainers and the fyrd are approaching ....

 Sven and his men set out to follow the wounded vikings back to their raiding party ....

---oXo---

A quick little action with a small number of figures, using my initial version of  Simple Combat rules, developed from my Simple Swordplay rules for 17C.  Overall the little solo game worked out well. Time to look at my notes from the play-test of the rules, a few changes are needed (amongst which are some modifier additions which end up with a negative total - oops ! bad design 😉 )



Thursday, 21 November 2019

In Defence of Eastham ....

Viking raiders, led by Ivar Erisksen, have been spotted moving towards Eastham and the nearby abbey of St Wulfstan - the local fyrd has been summoned and Thegn Rodor and his best men are on their way to join them ...

---oXo---

As the locals make for the safety of Eastham, two mounted scouts try to get some idea of the number of Viking raiders and ride off swiftly to inform Thegn Rodor...
The settlement at Eastham .....
The Vikings are on the move .....
Some local fyrd arrive near Eastham ....
Another group of the local fyrd arrive on the other side of Eastham, as the locals from the nearby farms reach safety
The local fyrd form up in front of Eastham as Thegn Rodor arrives with more men ...
Thegn Rodor reinforces his right flank with some archers and armoured men, keeping the rest of the men he bought with him as a small reserve. A group of armed locals take position behind the left flank....
The Vikings charge the Saxon shield wall ...
some vikings attempt to turn the flank ....
but are met by the armed locals who keep them back ...
The Vikings are getting the best of the Saxons ....
The Saxons fight back holding off the Vikings and thinning them out in places ....
as a gap forms in the Viking battle line, some of the Saxons come to support the locals on the left flank while others with support from Thegn Rodor's reserve attack the Vikings in the centre ....
The Vikings have had enough and disengage, falling back
they are soon in full retreat .....

A victory for the Saxons - the settlement of Eastham is safe and the Vikings are beaten